Sendai, Japan based dub producer B. Toriyama delivers Episodes, a four track EP that develops slowly delivering a loose, deep dub sound. Living in the northwest, B. Toriyama is deeply influenced by the beauty of his natural surroundings. Sendai is known for being named “The City of Trees,” and the symbolic Hirose River runs directly through the city. B.Toriyama is also known for his releases on Run On Recordings, Edaphon Netlabel, poleporerecords and many others.
Episodes opens with “To The North,” a beautifully rhythmic atmospheric dub track with dense warm uplifting shuffling textures. “Sultry Dub” rhythms are lush with expansive, synth-washes and honed padded arrangements designed to lull listeners into his calming, swaggering groove. “Cloud” is a deep immersive dub techno track combined with warm tones and beautiful light washes. “Sauce” closes this gorgeous EP, with another sublime submission of programmed feather-light beats suspended in blissful ambience.
September 19, 2018 Subject:
Profound mix of dub and techno from Japan
B. Toriyama embarks on this 4-notch outing with wobbly synthesised chords and atmospheric layers in the vein of dub music. In truth, later the distinctive categorization will get a bit watered down by using also techno and downtempo reliefs, however, the spaced-out layer continues to emit through the other stylistic appearances. At Cloud the artist comes back to a deeply soaring inner space by interweaving dub and techno and even near house knots into a 9-minute apparition as if depicting a phantasmagorical plateau at the bottom of the ocean. Yeah, it is deep and minimal. The same can be admitted about Sauce which in truth is a bit more vivid and flaring due to those hypnotically loopy synth fadeouts. Yeah, the listener can imagine slowly swimming monstrous creatures coming out from the shipwrecks. All in all, it is an example of music for your dormant fantasies by allowing you a fantastic space engine for to travel to places of which you could never reach physically. For only thanks to the art one can cross his/her mundane and mortal borders. Music is obviously the fastest way to do it. Here it is. The solid issue is a part of the discography of basic_sounds.